27 October 2010

Harry and David implement cage-free egg policy

Mail order specialty gift supplier Harry and David will now be using cage-free eggs.

As of this month, the company will be switching its more than 150,000 eggs in its bakery and prepared food products to cage-free. Additionally, Harry and David has committed to exclusively utilizing cage-free eggs by July 2011.

Pete Kratz, executive vice president of operations for Harry & David, stated, "At Harry & David, we believe that creating a better world around us is simply the right thing to do, which is why we're proud to use cage-free eggs."

Harry and David is just one of several companies that have gone the more humane route of purchasing their eggs from suppliers who allow their birds to be cage–free—which enables the hens to have two to three times more space than their caged counterparts.

"The Humane Society of the United States applauds Harry & David for improving the lives of thousands of hens each year with its cage-free egg commitment," said Kristie Middleton, corporate outreach manager for The HSUS' factory farming campaign. "By moving away from eggs from caged hens, Harry & David have taken an important stand against one of the most inhumane factory farming abuses."

Although cage-free hens may not be able to go outside and may still have parts of their beaks cut off, at the very least they have some room to walk and spread their wings.

As of right now the following companies have joined the movement to switch over to cage free-eggs: Pepperidge Farm, and Sara Lee are switching millions of eggs to cage-free; Burger King, Subway, Sonic, Wendy's, Arby’s, Denny's, Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Quiznos and Golden Corral currently use cage-free eggs; Wal-Mart's and Costco's private brand eggs are exclusively cage-free; and Hellmann's mayonnaise announced plans to convert the 350 million eggs it uses in the U.S. to cage-free.

Jodi Truglio
Jodi has a degree from UNLV in Journalism and Media Studies. She has been a vegetarian for 15 years and now a strict vegan for two years. In Jodi's spare time when she enjoys yoga and pilates.

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